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Vidal Ekechukwu


After graduating from Harvard College in 2012, he worked on his own venture, Hottspot, before coming to Hashrocket. Years of iterating Hottspot not only served as an introductory crash course into the world of entrepreneurship, but it was also the anvil on which he forged his proficiency as a developer.

Its front-end, now entirely written in React JS, has left him of the opinion that the V in a traditional MVC web architecture can and should be implemented as much as possible in Javascript. React has earned its keep as a comprehensive, production-scale front-end solution for web and mobile applications. It's just as much fun to write as it is to play with the UIs it facilitates. (Check out Hacktive, another one of Vidal's React projects)

Working on a consumer facing product also forced Vidal to prioritize performant data retrieval in production contexts. As such, he has become a highly capable PostgreSQL developer who is eager to shave off milliseconds in a given query leveraging some of Postgres' more esoteric syntax like LATERAL JOINs. Watch him gush over them in his episode of PGCasts, a Hashrocket production.

More recently, Vidal has entered the world of functional and low-level programming by building extensively in Elixir and C++ respectively. His algorithmic trading CLI tool, Hottspot Capital has been a playground to further develop his expertise in these powerful languages. If that isn't enough to convince you that he's ready to take on your large-scale Elixir challenges, he also helped build from scratch TeamSnap's Team Apparel Store, whose API is built in Elixir's Phoenix framework.

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